Welcome to the arts society Gibraltar

Dear Members

This year is drawing to a close in a very different way from how we celebrated the new year in !
I do hope you have all managed to have an enjoyable summer and stayed safe!

Hello Members and Fellow Art Lovers

The mission of the organisation is to promote, encourage and foster the arts and cultural activities in Gibraltar and to export our culture abroad.

Sadly we have lost a very important member of our committee, Sarah Beckwith who was deputy Chairman, honorary secretary and membership secretary, and has been on the committee for 10 years has resigned and will be a sad loss, we hope to see her and her husband Andy at our meetings occasionally and wish her much success and happiness for the future. The postal address we use belongs to Sarah and will be in future JE HartSimmons 35, GibraltarHeights. Gibraltar.

We are approaching our new Art Society season , commencing October 21st, with our AGM scheduled for October 7th at My Wines Chatham Counterguard at 7.30 pm.
We are optimistically proceeding with plans for both our lecture and AGM, adhering to COVID-19 regulators regarding health safety and social distancing, we do not intend to put anyone at a health risk.
Your renewal subscription is due , I know it has been a difficult year for us all , so in addition to your early bird discount of £5.00 if you pay before or on the date of our AGM, 7th October , we would like to offer you a further discount of £20.00 to compensate for the loss of three lectures during lock down, so your renewal fee for this coming season will be £40.00 if you pay before or on October 7th.
Please pay by bank transfer with your name as reference as so we can identify you, or pay by Cheque , we prefer not to handle cash at this time.
Our bank details are
Gibraltar International Bank
PO Box 1375, Ince’s House, 
310 Main Street 
The Arts Society Gibraltar14190001 
Sort Code 60-83-14 / SWIFT GIBK GIGI .
Or by post your Cheque to
Jane HartSimmons
35, Gibraltar Heights
Further notification of our AGM will be sent in a separate email.
Yours in fellowship
Jane HartSimmons


Georgia O’Keefe: Unfolding the art of O’Keefe.
An Illustrated Talk by Deborah Jenner
21 October 2020

October 2020 poster.V2pdf

O’Keeffe’s special vision bends, buckles and lobs flowers, landscapes and space itself into similar smoothly-painted folds of swirling hues in order to unearth a deeper truth. Through the metaphor of folding, O’Keeffe’s art reveals an original interpretation of form and colour. Parallels with origami shed light on her approach to composition that never loses sight of the intrinsic wholeness of the surface. Her palette is seen as a prismatic refraction releasing brilliant hues from the underlying white light. By redefining her art’s erotic, biomorphic folds within a more symbolic context, this study reveals a uniquely all-embracing vision of her work. Her frequent shifts between abstraction and realism function not unlike the graceful reversal of a Mobius strip. Seen through the significance of folds, the critical texts of O’Keeffe’s art from those of Camera Work to present times take on a new twist.

Deborah Jenner is an American-born art historian; member of College Arts Association. Residing in Paris since 1990, she has worked at the Ecole du Louvre, the Sorbonne, the Catholic Institute and the British Council. Her Doctorate thesis proved non-western influences in Georgia O’Keeffe’s art. Her publications include catalogue essays for Musée d’Orsay (New York City et l’Art modern) and Centre Pompidou (Les Traces du Sacré), scholarly papers with the research laboratory S.A.R.I. and Gallery critiques in ArtAsiaPacific, and PerformArts: Artvisuel-Artvivant. She gives public talks, guided walks and museum tours for ex-pat organizations and study-abroad programs and volunteers as an Al Gore Climate leader and JCF Round Table coordinator. 


As previously announced, we will be be holding live hour-long digital lectures for Members and Supporters, from September to December.
The series will be called Lectures at Home, following on from the short films that have recently been featured on the Connected site.

These lectures will be full length (one hour long) and broadcast on The Arts Society’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/theartssociety). They will only be available to watch live, at the advertised time.

To avoid clashes with Society programmes we have selected Accredited Lecturers who are new to the Directory, and to avoid clashes with Society events the lectures will take place on Friday lunchtimes.


18 SEPTEMBER 2020, 1PM

The Fall into Knowledge: the story of Prometheus and how his plight has captivated and influenced writers and artists over the years

23 OCTOBER 2020, 1PM

From the Saxons to Mary Berry: A Visual History of the English Cookbook

27 NOVEMBER 2020, 1PM

The Story of Indian Modern Art 

18 DECEMBER 2020, 1PM

Exhibition History: The history of Great Exhibitions, Expos and World’s Fairs, 1851 to Present, the British Contribution

Full lecture descriptions and biographies can be found at: theartssociety.org/lectures-at-home


  • There is no special link to watch the films. Members simply need to go to The Arts Society’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/c/theartssociety) at the advertised time.
  • The talks will take place live. There will only be one chance to view them. We are not able to repeat them.
  • After the lecture Members may leave comments in the forum at connected.theartssociety.org/forum
  • Members may share the details with family and friends; this is an opportunity for Member recruitment as well as retention.
  • If technology lets us down on the day, we’ll reschedule.